Child Care Licensing

Become a Licensed Child Care Provider!

There are many benefits of being a licensed child care provider:

 * Be your OWN boss.

 * Spend time with your family.

 * Get paid to play.

 * Impact of touching the life of a child forever.


General Overview:

The main purpose of Child Care Licensing is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care while away from their home.  Butler County Health Department works with child care providers through-out Butler County to help ensure children within our community receive safe and high quality child care.

 According to Kansas Child Care Licensing Law, licensing is required regardless of the motivation for providing care, and whether or not there is advertisement of or payment of services.  The essential fact is that a child or children receiving care away from their parents.  There are a few exceptions: 1) providing care for children in their own homes (nanny type setting); 2) providing relative care (up to certain degree removed); and 3) providing care for two or more unrelated children twenty hours or less per week. 

Services Include:

Butler County Child Care Licensing provides the following services:

 * Provide information and orientation to those interested in becoming licensed child care  providers

 * Initial inspection visits of the day care home or center to verify compliance with State of  Kansas regulations

 * On-site annual inspection visits of licensed facilities.

 * Consultation visits.

 * Complaint investigations.

Eligibility Requirements:

Prior to applying for a child care license, prospective providers must reside in Butler County, Kansas, be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and attend a New Providers Orientation

Orientation Information:

During the orientation session, prospective providers will receive pertinent information for obtaining a license.  This will include training requirements, licensing requirements, etc. There will also be time for questions or concerns.  There is NO cost for the orientation, but pre-registration is required.  Contact Jamie at 316-621-4523 or to schedule a time.

For questions regarding Center, Preschool, or School-Aged programs in Butler County, please contact Jamie at 316-621-4523 or

Payment of Fees:

To pay child care licensing fees online click here.  

 or send a check with your invoice to:

 Butler County Health Department

 206 N Griffith St, Ste B

 El Dorado, KS 67042

Resources for Parents:

Locating Child Care (

Licensing and Regulation for Child Care Facilities (

Search for a Licensed Child Care Facility Inspection Results (

Initial Professional Development Training Requirements (

Selecting Child Care (

Immunizations Options at Butler County Health Department (

Contact Us



Jamie Downs 


Child Care Licensing Surveyors:       

206 N Griffith St Ste B El Dorado, KS  67042

Hours:                                      Mon.- Fri. 8am to 5pm

Resources for Parents:

Locating Child Care

KDHE Child Care Licensing and Regulations

Search for a Licensed Child Care Facility Inspection Results

Child Care Aware of Kansas

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities

Child Start

Immunizations Options at Butler County Health Department